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3 stars The second Izz album sounds much harder than their debut one. Even if the YesSound is very much borrowed again.

I found that the band was hesitant in their first album and I have to say that the direction they took for their second release is not the best orientation I would have thought of.

This album starts as a neo-prog one. From the complex music they played in their debut album (at selected times), the switch is rather dramatic. From a Crimson/Yes combo, they switched to dreadful AOR and uninspired music like featured during the first part of I Wanna Win. To be complete, I have to say that there is a great guitar solo which is featured as well in this song. Some sort of compensation, maybe?

It is a shame because the band had potential but they just threw it away quite miserably during the first five songs or so.

Thr first track during which the band confirms his good aptitudes is Star Evil Gnoma Su. It is a fantastic travel into some of the giants genre (Crimson, Yes). Complex and authentic I would say. It is by far the best and the longest but one track of this album. I just can't understand that Izz didn't investigate more into such powerful and great music. It is THE highlight of course.

A song as the mellow Another Door features such an excellent guitar finale that it also belongs to the best moment of this album. But just for the guitar to be honest. For a change, the band is switching to ELP with Knights Of Nights. It is a rather pompous affair to be honest. But given the average quality of this album, I consider it as one of the best songs available. Gorgeous synthesizers.

Now, if you would like to experience a harder Oldfield, you only need to listen to Mist Of Dalriads. It is a very good and folkish instrumental; pretty upbeat as well. It is another highlight of this work.

This album should have started form Star Evil Gnoma Su (the seventh track featured). It would have clocked to a decent fifty minutes and would avoid the boring part of this album.

A song as Oh, How It's Great conveys such a wonderful feeling, such a passionate guitar and fine vocals. How can the band be so dual? It is really incredible!

The next Coming Like Light just confirms this: it is the epic of the album (almost twelve minutes) and it is a great combination of wonderful and powerful synths and keyboards in general.

Again, the ELP influence is not to be dismissed. Great piano, intricate structure, fantastic musicianship are elements that make you regret the poor start of this album. Crimson is so close as well.What a great combination! Even Yes is coming at the rescue at a certain time. Did you say regressive? Probably. But it is so well performed on this occasion that I can live with it. A highlight as well.

In all, this is a good album which could have been better if it were cut off from the first six or seven songs. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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